Brenda Angelica Gutierrez Mora

Brenda Angelica Gutierrez Mora

Community Safety, Police Brutality and Prison Abolition

2018

California’s rural communities are underserved throughout the state — struggles include conflicts with “one-size-fits-all” laws and codes, lower population densities, and large distances between cities. These factors translate into a conservative economic, social, cultural, and environmental landscape that lacks efficiency and effectiveness. The Center for Rural Justice seeks to address the gaps that exist in accessibility and affordability for impacted rural communities through a holistic transformative justice framework via participatory-action research, wellness-based modalities, and health and healing work. This project seeks to understand the complex historical and political landscape of the San Joaquin Valley, deconstruct its current fictions and formations, and partake in reclaiming and rebuilding communities grounded in wellness, sustainability, and community-lead notions of safety.

Brittany Stinson

Brittany Stinson

Education Justice

2018

This project aims to combat the accessibility barriers that face high-achieving low-income and minority students’ when completing the college application process. These systemic barriers leave students lacking the strategic, emotional, and financial support when applying to college, impeding many bright students from realizing their full potential. In order to address this achievement gap, this proposal introduces a project aimed at creating a comprehensive curriculum tailored to the specific barriers that first-gen low income (FLI) students may face during the college admissions process. They will be given valuable advice concerning what schools are looking for, financial aid applications, and essay ideation and revision.

Brooke Lopez

Brooke Lopez

Gender Parity

2018

The Lone Star Parity Project is a nonpartisan, online publication dedicated to sharing the stories of women and femmes in Texas politics with a goal of discovering useful trends and tools that, once utilized, can educate the public regarding political parity across all levels of government. Our main goal will be to share the advice and stories of participants, analyze current and past trends in political research, and compile results into educational platforms that will be geographically assigned to each region of Texas. The organization maintains two important components: research and features. By combining these two facets, the Lone Star Parity Project will have the opportunity to create toolkits for women hoping to seek office from all corners of Texas with specific information catered to their geographic location.

Carla Luna

Carla Luna

Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

2018

Focusing specifically on U.S census data collection, this blueprint outlines a plan of action to dismantle prison gerrymandering in New York State. It rejects districting schemes that count inmates as residents of the district where they are incarcerated instead of their home districts and challenges the idea of prison as a home. Under the current model, inmates for whom there is no information on record are essentially discarded, excluded from the count altogether. The goal of this blueprint is to restore political power to disenfranchised communities. The solution will require a combination of inter-agency collaboration as well as Census reform for 2020 and beyond. This blueprint proposes a fairer method for dealing with inmates with missing pre-incarceration information and advocates for a better method of data collection and sharing information across institutions.

Carmen Duran

Carmen Duran

Education Justice

2018

Project THIS is a multi-year school-wide project intending to bring higher education application advising to local Philadelphia public high school seniors who have been directly impacted by the incarceration of a parent. Students who have been impacted by the incarceration of a close family member face many barriers to entry for the college application process, one being a lack of support system or guidance for the process. Project THIS seeks to address this barrier by providing hands-on support and guidance for the college application process, addressing steps to be taken for the Common Application, essay writing, financial aid, scholarships, etc. This will look like providing training and presentations to students, as well as one-on-one support. Project THIS will help broaden higher education accessible to students who are often overlooked in the push towards college enrollment and achievement.

Celina Avalos

Celina Avalos

Education Justice

2018

Eastern Coachella Valley for CHANGE (ECV for CHANGE) aims to ensure that High School sophomores in the Coachella Valley Unified School District are meeting the necessary requirements they need to apply to CSUs, CCs & UC’s during their Senior year of High School. The ECV for CHANGE will serve as a 1-year mentorship program for CVUSD sophomores in order to ensure that they receive the necessary support they need to thrive in high school and higher education. The three models of ECV for CHANGE are higher education, leadership development, and community service. The mentorship will pair a current CVUSD sophomore with a current college student or college graduate who was a former CVUSD student or is a part of the Coachella Valley.

Charles Bush

Charles Bush

Native/Indigenous Empowerment, Cultural Preservation, & Tribal Sovereignty

2018

Pahin Sinte Otipi: Waunspe Olepi (PSO) in Lakota literally translates into “Porcupine Dwelling: To Gather or Collect”. PSO is a multi-year reservation wide investment into the mental health and well-being of Native American youth through the concepts of leadership, the Lakota values, stewardship, and what it means to maintain a harmonious balance in life. PSO will work to achieve breaking the cycles of numerous manifestations Native Americans have grown to accept; ranging from but not limited to, understanding intergenerational trauma & its effects on descendants of boarding schools, addressing cultural ethics and social norms throughout Indian Country, knowing our relationship with Mother Earth (stewardship), living the Lakota way of life (respect, generosity, love & compassion, fortitude, honesty & truth, wisdom, and prayer), incorporating yoga or meditation to seek balance, and just letting the people know it’s okay to ask for help.

Chelby Sterling

Chelby Sterling

Education Justice

2018

Tulane First Generation Low Income Partnership is a campaign at Tulane University that aims to raise retention and graduation rates of first-generation and low-income college students. First-generation college students often have much lower retention rates than other groups of students. The partnership with the Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University aims to make first-generation and/or low-income students feel more supported on their college campus by creating a community in the form of a club, providing resourceful guides filled with information regarding campus employment and helpful offices on campus, a library with popular course material for first-generation and low-income students to borrow from, and a mentorship program. The Center for Academic Equity will provide the funding to build out the resource lending library and allow facility use for all first-generation events.

Cherish Molezion

Cherish Molezion

Racial Justice

2018

CLEAR (Colorful Leadership Empowerment and Representation) is an organization instituted by underrepresented folks for historically underrepresented youth–– it aims to bridge the opportunity and critical mentoring gap amongst historically underrepresented communities of color, primarily through providing law-related civic education in order to advance justice inside and outside of the classroom. With a diverse set of individuals leading CLEAR, it allows youth of color a sense of belonging and positive role models; this representation is also imperative to hold organizations accountable for serving youth of color in a way that is developmentally and culturally appropriate. CLEAR will partner with existing youth programs to provide a civic education workshop series geared at students ages 3-14. The workshop series will center a practical justice-based legal education to instill a sense of agency, knowledge of intersections of power, and on-the-ground critical-thinking abilities.

Chris Price

Chris Price

Education Justice

2018

The Noblesse Project is a scholarship fund based in the states of New Jersey and New York that aims to provide post-secondary education funding for overlooked high school students of color who display a desire to better their communities. This fund uses “overlooked” to describe scholars who deserve to be in college space but are not given the resources and funds to get there. While it certainly takes hard work to gain academic excellence, students are more than their grades — what they want to do for the world truly weighs more — and The Noblesse Project and Chris proudly acknowledge that as they take steps toward college. It is our goal to couple our scholarships with useful mentorship opportunities that align with their career path.